Comments about ‘Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. pitched as possible U.S. House speaker’

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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26 2012 6:00 p.m. MST

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one old man
Ogden, UT

One small problem. Huntsman is not a member of the House of Representatives.

But he would have made a much better representative of the people of Utah than any of those who are supposedly representing us now.

Patchogue, NY

Huntsman as President would have brought both sides of the aisle together and unified our country. As Speaker, his success as a fiscal conservative while Governor would give him a more credible background than Boehner's. He could have articulated a compelling pitch to the American people and gotten consensus behind the GOP position without the polarization.

Magna, UT

It's a sad day when we allow labels to be placed upon us and then accept them without even a thought. Extremists, right wing, wackos, left wing, conservative, liberal...

Mr. Ornstein and his book partner Mann have used labels to divide and foment contention. They have not shown any evidence of trying to find consensuses or common ground and they never intended to.

They toss around the Constitution as if it's a play thing and they are the sole source of interpretation and anyone who dares to hold fast to it's genius and timeless principals is an extremist and a threat to the new government that has manipulated, changed and usurped the old.

The fight is really not about Republican or Democrat or the fiscal cliff but about preserving or dismantling the greatest nation and form of government the world has ever known and labels are a strategic weapon of the dismantlers.

Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting that by law the Speaker of the House does not have to be an elected Representative.
But Huntsman? This really isn't serious, right? If Boehner can't lead as a moderate, Huntsman's
cred's would be even worse for the conservatives.

Richard Votaw
Sandy, UT

But the Republicans own the House, Huntsman is a Democrat

DN Subscriber 2

What is this, some sort of "Fantasy Congress League" where we pick real or imaginary players?

Huntsman was a failed liberal governor, a decent Ambassador, a failed Presidential candidate, and perpetually more interested in stroking hie ego than in advancing anything remotely resembling conservatism, despite his wanting that label when deemed helpful and evading it when it might not be.

Jon Huntsman senior is a great man who has done much good for many people. Jon, Junior, needs to find a real job and stick to it, not keep chasing after power based on name recognition earned by his admirable father.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

...and I might win the lottery, but you don't write headlines about that.

Los Angeles, CA

I'm shocked that this made front page print news. It might have read "Donald Duck for President." Why would a newspaper front page a story like this when there is ZERO chance. Huntsman is not even a member of Congress. It's worse than a pipe dream, it's a fantasy or a joke. This is non-news, back page material. My granny used to call her paper the Deserted News, and I have to agree. Is there nothing in the world going on to take up a front page?

Brigham City, UT

A person doesn't have to be a lawyer to be on the Supreme Court either; let's think outside the box (who put the box there anyway?); enjoyed article today in Wall Street Journal editorial on how online learning will stop the corruption that is our current higher education system; let's make tax code simpler, etc. Change is coming.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

Why? So he can quit another job?

Salt Lake City, UT

Um... okay, I'm a huge fan of Jon Huntsman Jr. That secretary of state article, that one was at least reasonable speculation. This idea though... is just stupid. He's not even in the House.

Salt Lake City, UT

@DN Subscriber 2
"Huntsman was a failed liberal governor,"

Who had an approval rating over 75% when re-elected. Not his fault republicans went off the crazy cliff the past few years...

Salt Lake City, UT

@DN Subscriber 2
"Huntsman was a failed liberal governor,"

Who had an approval rating over 75% when re-elected. Not his fault republicans went off the crazy cliff the past few years...

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT


Huntsman had a high approval rating because the legislature largely kept him tempered.

Huntsman does not now enjoy that same high rating, because many people think he "went off the crazy cliff the past few years..".

He got goofy after he quit governor and quit ambassador (which we should have seem coming based upon a life pattern of quitting once he gets bored)

I voted for him before, but would NOT vote for him again (unless the only alternative was Rocky Anderson)

Washington, UT

Bad idea, real bad idea. And, Obama does not bargain, he does not negotiate, he does not compromise. Obama is the little dictator who could, and he does whatever he wants, whether it's constitutional, legal, or honest, he does whatever he wants to do. And one thing he does not do is negotiate with Republicans, heck, he doesn't even talk to them. He was in office two full years before he even acknowledged that Republicans existed--and he never talked to the House and Senate GOP leaders. How's that for a president who campaigned to bring people together. The only people he brings together are his radical, Marxist, and born again socialists friends who bow to him.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Most of you seem to miss the point of the article. The constitution does allow for the Speaker to be a non elected representative. The article is based on the idea that maybe a true moderate republican outside of the House could broker a deal.

Of course the idea is pie in the sky because the House republicans are controlled by chuckleheads as republican Steven LaTourette from Ohio referred to the 40-50 tea party members who control what bills come up for a vote in the House.

These chuckleheads have been given control and appear to be committed to driving us over the cliff. Why would they do that, to keep their pledge to Grover. They plan to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on Dec. 31st, then come in on the 3rd of January an vote for a tax cut, thus keeping their pledge to Grover.

Really folks these are the people we want running our country? People who put a pledge to an individual ahead of what is best for the American people. Thank you tea party and Grover Norquist. Maybe we could just vote in Grover as King since he is controlling the government.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

I'm thinking that the problem with the House is that Boehner caved in to Obama and agreed to raise taxes. That's why conservatives don't like him.
So, to suggest that Hunstman is better-liked by conservatives is absurd. He was the most liberal of the GOP primary candidates.
Why would he appeal to people who think Boehner is not far enough to the right?

Steve C. Warren

As an Obama supporter, Huntsman was the only person in the GOP field who I thought had a chance of beating the president. Thankfully, the right-wingers eliminated him early, paving the way for one of the many bad Republican candidates to run against Obama.

By the way, I think Huntsman, like Nancy Pelosi, would make a fine speaker.

red state pride
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm beginning to get really tired of all the "helpful" suggestions for the Republican party going forward by people who aren't ever going to vote for a Republican anyway. Why don't we let Republicans pick someone to replace Harry Reid? He hasn't even been able to pass a budget in the Senate which is a basic obligation of the Senate. Why can't he be a little more "moderate".
How about the President? In his first campaign for the Presidency he committed to cut the deficit in half in his first term. That didn't come close to happening so why wasn't he replaced?
If Democrats are so in love with Huntsman then why didn't they nominate him as the Democrat presidential candidate?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Red, once upon a long time ago, I voted for a lot of Republicans. In fact, this election is the first time I ever voted a straight ticket.


Republicans are no longer sane and I really prefer at least a little sanity in my government.

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